The Maasland Hospital designed by Bonnema architecten is located in Sittard, Netherlands. Bonnema Architects have strived for over fifty years to create functional architecture and believe that functionality in health care can save lives. Since 2001, Bonnema Architects were involved in the planning of the hospital of the future in Sittard. The design was highly structured from the outset and the brief that ‘the patient is central’ was integral to the process.
The healing house in Sittard has six main areas: the centre for screening and diagnosis, the surgery centre, treatment centre, nursing centre and the centre of knowledge and expertise. The logistics centre, the sixth area, supports and facilitates the five centres previously mentioned. The centres vary, making the atmosphere feel anything but hospital like. According to Bonnema Architects everything in a hospital does not need to have a clinical appearance. They go for more ‘high touch’ than high tech.